Karen Michaels, Chicksinger

Simply, my viewpoints on various aspects of my life. Singer-Actress-Mommy- Iphone lover and Macbook worshiper! The Little Man’s Mommy and the Big Man’s Wife. Always working on improving and learning! Love the Lord and love life!

I am a girl, a chicksinger, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am a mom and a blogger, a myspacer, a facebooker and a tweeter. I am always some of these and sometimes all of these. I adore shoes and purses, Apple computers and my iPhone, Mac make up, positive thinking and searching for new songs to sing. My husband and my son are shining examples of what I have done well in my life and the love that exists in this Universe. My music is what I must do in order to feel whole and complete. YOU are why I do it!!

“Karen’s voice is full of heart and soul, with a bit of sass on the side!  Think Adele meets the love child of Diana Krall and Elton John!”

Hear my music on iTunes with Dangerous Curves, “Girl Talk”and“Laugh-A-Long Songs” with some of the local celebrities of Las Vegas!

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Hanon, Snow Patrol and Lady Gaga

How is it possible that Hanon, Snow Patrol and Lady Gaga could find themselves in the same sentence? I’ll tell you how!

When you are working on improving your piano skills by studying and practice, then Hanon becomes a way of life! Honestly, I can’t remember a day without performing at least the first exercise 2-3 times in a row with a metronome setting of 72. You can read more about practicing, here.

Next up, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, a request by a client for their wedding for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle. I admit I don’t watch a lot of TV, but this song was done on Grey’s Anatomy and when I was doing my research on the song I found this…

 

ummmmm…..HELLO!!! I have been a fan of Sara Ramirez since forever! What a beautiful song and once again my clients enrich my music life. Love that!

Lady Gaga. “sigh” Talent, beauty, wacky. A girl after my own heart. Seriously, my inner rock goddess sports blonde and purple hair, lots of tattoos, plays piano like Elton John and sings like Janis Joplin meets Adele… just keepin’ it real.

 

What do you think of this??? Let’s see how my weight loss work goes,,,but OMG, isn’t it SO SO pretty??!!

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I am working on my own acoustic version of a couple of her songs and I hope to be brave enough to post them in the coming months. Born This Way and You and I  are the songs I’m working on…wheee!!! I’m excited to share that with you as it puts me on the spot and propels me towards my ultimate goal of covering the songs that speak to me deeply and personally and that resonate in ways that make me want to share with you!

Ok, time to begin my day of teaching and then being taught! ;-) Have a wonderful Thursday and if you are in Vegas, enjoy the rain!

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2013 Year End Mashup! Theme for 2014…

2013 year end mashup for Karen Michaels Chicksinger! What a blessing of a year it has been! From our Little Man starting Kindergarten to lots of wonderful gigs with my girl group, Dangerous Curves and my own jazz band, The Special K Project, my studio, Chicksinger Studios growing leaps and bounds and starting with a new piano and voice teacher, this year has been filled to the brim with love and music and excitement from start to finish! In fact, here’s a fun little FlipGram of my year!

So, it’s time for the New Year’s Rez thing and although I admit to loving them, in the past few years I have been revising it a bit. Last year I did a word of the year and it was “Time”.  I worked on adding more time to Mommyland and continuing my work of transitioning from working  for someone else to working for myself! I am still in that transition, but it is coming to a rapid close. More about that here on Nevada Mama. 

One thing I have definitely made time for this year is reading more. Not just any reading but “smart” reading. Through Bloglovin’ I have found everything from DIY, to diet info, crafts, writing, yoga and life as a Mommy. You can find the ones I like by looking at my list on my profile at Bloglovin’ but my hands down absolute favorite blogger, though, is Momastery‘s, Glennon Melton. Honest, brave and I find I agree with her on so many points. And, so because of her and her lovely, courageous words, my word and theme for this year is…

JUMP!

I will jump in with both feet.

I will jump to my families needs.

I will jump to my own needs, too.

I will jump to practice my music.

I will jump to be the absolute best singer.

I will jump to mention Jesus and God and all that stuff.

I will jump to have the most rocking’ bod I have ever had.

I will jump to improve my business.

I will jump to thinking the best of my fellow woman and man.

I will jump to defend myself.

I will jump to defend my friends who live their lives differently than others.

I will jump to show unconditional love.

I will jump to shut my mouth as often as I need to.

I will jump to say only that which brings uplifting, loving messages to those who hear me.

That’s a lot of jumping! lol! I am setting my sights hit and why not?

There’s no time like the present!

And, so…I want you all to know that truly I love you and I am so grateful to know you and share with you. I have many plans for my music and how I am going to share it with you. I am beyond grateful for all of your love and support. Let’s live our lives to the absolute fullest. It is a gift from God and we must use it as such.

Let’s go…let’s do it…let’s JUMP!!!

More Reviews of Music Apps

Sharing My Music With You

Do You Need A Coach?

Fave Music Apps! 

Wordless Wednesday

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Reviews of fabulous new music apps from Karen Michaels Chicksinger

Reviews of fabulous new music apps from Karen Michaels Chicksinger! Oh yes, I admit it…I am an app-aholic. I am constantly on the hunt for new, fun, educational apps for my Little Man and of course, for my music. I wrote a post not long ago about my Fave Music Apps and I thought at the time I had a pretty darn good list for a while…until my fabulous coach shared one app with me and I found the other one!

The first one is from a company called Sibelius. They have some amazing desktop programs and I happen to be learning Sibelius. What I’m talking about is called Auralia. If you want to TRULY improve your musicianship and voice then this app is all you need. I do the pitch and melody training with my teacher on a weekly basis and I am saving up to buy this app for myself. It is not too expensive at $99-$149, but it is indispensable. In just a few short weeks, I have improved so much, imagine if I were able to do that everyday! But, as a self-produced Musician Momprenuer, I have to watch my budget! So, what did my wandering Twitter eyes find the other day?! Right there on Twitter Auralia was talking about a new app they have come out with! It is Interval Recognition and I have started using it every morning for about 10 minutes and I am already noticing a difference! It’s fun, it’s easy to use and very affordable! What could be better?!

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yay! correct!

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here’s what happens when you are incorrect.

 

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work your interval training!

 

Next up is Singer’s Studio. OMG!!! Honestly, this app is so amazing to this geek girl I can hardly stand it! IT TELLS YOU THE PERCENTAGE AT WHICH YOU ARE SINGING IN TUNE!!! WHAT?! Look at these pictures I grabbed from their page. Utterly amazing! The price point on this is a little higher at about $14, but honestly, I expected it to be much higher when I realized what it was doing. If you actually want to be a better singer, then this is an absolute must buy!

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check your pitch!

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choose your range…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On that ♫…lol! ok, I know it’s corny, but come on, lighten up! It’s Friday! It’s the Holiday season! Have an awesome music-filled day, friends! Here are some of my other posts…

Sharing My Music With You

Do You Need A Coach?

Fave Music Apps! 

Wordless Wednesday

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Last Day Of NaBloPoMo and this Las Vegas Chicksinger learned a lot!

This Las Vegas Chicksinger has learned a lot, in the last 30 days! I missed posting this last week. With studying and the holiday, my sweet Little Man and husband, something had to give and it was this.

I do want to share my holiday table with you…

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My pretty Spode table!

I am not going to count it as defeat. I learned that writing for your blog and readers is all about continuous writing and post planning. I still have so much to say and so much to share! I want to hear from you, whether you are new here or have followed for a while. I met with a marketing friend who gave me some fantastic advice for making this blog the best it can be. The first of which is reading “WordPress For Dummies”.  It’s downloading now. ;-)

And, now we all find ourselves once again at the end of the year. A mere 31 days until 2014 appears. Did you accomplish what you set out to do? Did you get closer to your goals?

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The gift of another year!

 

For the next 31 days, I am going to evaluate where I am, where I am going and where I want to be this time next year. I hope to see you here, next year on November 30th. I want you to tell me what you have accomplished and what a spectacular year you’ve had! And, I will do the same…. Phew! Made the last day with 17 minutes to spare!

Check out my NaBloPoMo posts!

Treating My Small Business, Like A Big Business

10 Things

Show Day! 

Wordless Wednesday 

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Treating my small business, like a big business, Karen Michaels Chicksinger

Treating my small business, like a big business, Karen Michaels Chicksinger…what a novel idea! This week, I had 4 hours of no call, no shows or extremely late calls, (1 hour before). Frustrating…right now , I am sitting drinking coffee at home as my family went out to breakfast and I didn’t go because I had students coming. “sigh”

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For sure!!

I admit that I am completely easy going. I am a working Mom and as a singer, sometimes, last minute gigs will come up. Cross fingers, I have a possible one next Saturday. That being said, I don’t do contracts, I don’t do pre-pay and if you text me within 2 hours, I really don’t get bugged. I know how busy, crazy life can be! But, really….NO CALL?! 1 hour?! I think it’s time for a change.

I have started to write out what next year will bring. I believe in that. And, my studio and the work I love is a big part of that! Change, it is a com in’! Look out! Please don’t mistake my nice-ness for meekness.  Enough said…I’m going to turn grapes into wine by using this precious time to practice. And, yes, btw, some of  you I know personally have asked if I will post something of me playing the piano and I just might do that on day 30!

Today, I am grateful for the strength to keep going and keep moving forward and to keep believing. God has touched my shoulder, yet again, today.

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inspiration for a Sunday

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Karen Michaels Chicksinger Friday Mash Up!

Karen Michaels Chicksinger Friday Mash Up! I hope your week has been as fun and busy and wacky as mine! This week was full of  teaching, learning, Mommyland and oh, the Vegas winter weather! I missed yesterday, but otherwise having a ball writing and sharing with you! I have some great stuff coming up for you this weekend, but I wanted to get this post done and I just HAVE to share this dress with you! Isn’t it super fun?! lol! Definitely need to get a gig where this will work!

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I want this!

Happy Friday and hope your weekend is filled with love and family and friends!

Wordless Wednesdays

I Love Tuesdays

When Do You Start Listening To Christmas Music?

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Karen Michaels Chicksinger – Wordless Wednesdays

Karen Michaels Chicksinger – Wordless Wednesdays

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I teach and I learn…

 

I Love Tuesdays!

As you may know, early next year I will be laid off from a job I have had for a really long time. You can read the deets, here. I have decided to take that opportunity to BELIEVE in my talents and myself in a way I haven’t done in years. Why is it, when we are kids we are fearless?! Is it because we don’t necessarily understand the consequences? But, what about the consequences of NOT doing what you are meant to do?! How am I supposed to tell my sweet child to follow his dreams, he can be anything he wants to be if I am not living that way?! I want to honor God by using what He gave me, I am so humbled by that. I want to honor my amazing parents as they were big believers and supporters of me. And, I want to honor myself and my family!

So, why do I love Tuesdays so much? On Tuesdays, I write, I practice, I teach and best of all,

I am a SAHM!

It’s easy to know what I’m thankful for today…

‘cuz it’s Tuesday! ;-)

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Here is the link to some previous posts…take a moment to read and comment and say hello!

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Check out my latest NaBloPoMo posts!

10 Things

Show Day! 

Wordless Wednesday 

Organize

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Take a peek at other local posts you may enjoy…Pamper Yourself, Gordon Ramsay Steak,   The Container StoreLas Vegas Valentine’s Day Ideas.

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” –  Benjamin Franklin

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When do you start listening to Christmas music?

Happy Monday and week 3 of NaBloPoMo! Today, I have a question for you. When do you start listening to Christmas music? Personally, I start working on Christmas music around July. Sounds crazy, but it puts me only slightly ahead of the game. Today is rehearsal day with my curvy girls, Dangerous Curves and we have several upcoming Holiday shows and still I’m worried about not remembering my parts on some of the songs! Last year, we released our first Holiday CD called “Star Of Wonder” and we began work on that in March!! Lol! Insert shameless plug….If you are looking for new, fresh holiday music, you can find it on iTunes! las vegas, jazz trio, Dangerous Curves Las Vegas, holiday music

So! Back to my original question…When do you start listening to Christmas music? I start November 1st, the day after Halloween. Why so early?! This is some of the most beautiful music, in my opinion. The season goes by so quickly, that I enjoy every second of this lovely music I can. Right now, my absolute favorite is “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” Josh Groban’s version. “sigh” Utterly beautiful! I’m listening to it right now!! What a voice!!!

I’m off to sing with the curvy girls and then work tonight, my dear friends! I hope you are have a fabulous week!

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Today, I’m thankful for my Curvy Girls! They inspire me, they support me and they love me unconditionally…

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Deliberate practice

I wrote the title of this post as practicing is a huge part of my current daily routine, without knowing what exactly I was going to write. Then I googled the words deliberate practice” and lo and behold, one of my favorite web sites showed up! Lifehacker  is a very cool melting pot of sorts about all kinds of things to know and improve your life. I would highly recommend taking a few moments and peeking around to see, not if, but how many,  posts are helpful to you. Here’s another one about “deliberate practice” which includes the “10,000 hours or 10 years” rule. WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly…

So what does all this mean to me? It means, that although I put in quite a decent week of practice, I see now that I have not been practicing in a deliberate way. Time is a fleeting thing and I need to step things up. Enjoy the last few hours of the weekend and let’s get on it, friends! Whatever your goals, there’s no time like the present! YOU CAN DO IT! Tell me about your goals and dreams, I’d love to hear all about them.

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Today, I’m thankful for my those nearest and dearest to me who support me in so many ways.

Check out my latest NaBloPoMo posts!

10 Things

Show Day! 

Wordless Wednesday 

Organize

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Take a peek at other local posts you may enjoy…Pamper Yourself, Gordon Ramsay Steak,   The Container StoreLas Vegas Valentine’s Day Ideas.

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” –  Benjamin Franklin

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